The National Research Foundation was established as an independant government agency, through the National Research Foundation Act [Act No.23 of 1998].
The NRF receives its mandate from the National Research Foundation Act (Act No 23 of 1998, as amended). According to Section 3 of the Act, the object of the NRF is to contribute to national development by:
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Africa’s leading research facility for accelerator based science. Probing fundamental structure and the origins of matter; Advancing the understanding of condensed matter; Impacting the Societal need through provision for the health and environmental sector
The iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator Based Sciences is the continents' biggest facility for particle and nuclear research.
The SAAO is a national facility of the NRF and the national centre for optical and infrared astronomy in South Africa.
SAEON is a national platform for detecting, translating and predicting environmental change.
SAIAB provides unique skills and infrastructure support in marine, estuarine and freshwater ecosystems research, molecular research, collections and bioinformatics.
SARAO is a national facility of the NRF and incorporates radio astronomy instruments and programmes such as MeerKAT and KAT-7 telescopes in the Karoo, (HartRAO) in Gauteng...
South Africa’s innovation revolution must assist in solving our society’s deep and pressing socio-economic challenges. Global competitiveness, shrinking resource availability, and the requirements of a skilled labour force mean that, increasingly, an awareness and understanding of why science and research are critical to our lives is essential for developing an innovation culture.
Within the next five years, the aim is to begin to more fully embed engagement in and with science in the core NRF missions of supporting and promoting new knowledge and growing new knowledge workers. This is led by the formulation of an acceptable NRF position on engaged research which will guide the NRF approach…
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The NRF provides leading-edge research infrastructure platforms that ensure that the national research enterprise has the requisite infrastructure to undertake globally competitive discovery science, train the next generation of researchers, support engagement with science by and with the public and promote innovation that positively impacts society, the environment, the economy.
The annual NRF Awards recognize and celebrate South African research excellence. The awards presented to researchers are in two categories, the ratings linked awards and special recognition awards.
The National Research Foundation (NRF) conducts its procurement of goods, services, and works in accordance with its Supply Chain Management Policy in a manner that is fair, equitable, transparent, competitive, and cost-effective
The National Research Foundation (NRF) is guided by its Supply Chain Management Policy in its procurement of goods and services. The Policy sets out the prescripts issued by National Treasury with the exact note referenced in the footnotes. The Supply Chain Management policy adheres to the National Treasury’s prescribed supply chain system framework.
The NRF’s Supply Chain Management Policy and the conduct of supply chain management at the NRF seeks to give effect to section 217 of the South African Constitution which requires that all procurement of goods and services must be done in a manner that is fair, equitable, transparent, competitive and cost-effective.
The National Research Foundation bid awards and contracts. Below is the latest award.
The NRF congratulates Professor Yahya Choonara (https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3889-1529) on his winning the 2022 FIP Distinguished Pharmaceutical Science Award from the Bureau of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) (https://www.fip.org/who-we-are) in recognition of his outstanding research and significant contributions to the pharmaceutical sciences globally.
The award was presented to Prof Choonara at the 80th FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences held recently in Seville, Spain. The FIP represents over four million pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists around the world.
As an advocate of pharmaceutical innovation, Prof Choonara’s persistent leadership in the pharmaceutical sciences in Africa is making an impact on global health and has placed him at the forefront of producing advanced life-saving 21st century medicines for infectious, hereditary and lifestyle diseases.
He leads the University of Witwatersrand’s Wits Advanced Drug Delivery Platform (WADDP) Research Unit (https://www.wits.ac.za/waddp), a flagship of Wits University. The unit is Africa’s first, largest and only entity in the domain contributing to the design of novel targeted drug (and/or bioactive) delivery systems, nanomedicine, functional biomaterials and regenerative medicines. Drug delivery science is the method and process of formulating a newly discovered (or existing) drug (or bioactive) to achieve a better therapeutic effect in the human body, i.e. improved bioavailability.
The development of brand new drug molecules that form part of sophisticated drug discovery programs is relatively expensive, time consuming and comes with a very high risk of failure, especially for LMICs. Hence, improving the safety of the efficacy ratio of promising new and existing drugs by using novel methods of drug delivery can enhance, individualise and revolutionise drug therapy. This is where innovations at the WADDP are changing conformist thinking and being pursued vigorously by Prof Choonara’s scientific team, leading to many breakthroughs.
As a Personal Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, a Tier 1 South African National Research Foundation (NRF) Chair in Pharmaceutical Biomaterials and Polymer-Engineered Drug Delivery Technologies, he holds the largest pharmaceutical product patent portfolio (43 in total) aimed at providing patient-centric drug therapies for unmet therapeutic needs including special populations, e.g. neuroscience, oncology, infectious diseases, paediatrics, women and child health. His inventions include a WaferMat (the world’s fastest dissolving matrix), a VagiTab, nanomedicine and BioInspired NeuroTherapeutics.
He is also the first South African pharmaceutical scientist and pharmacist to receive both the FIP Award and South Africa’s Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) Top Intellectual Property (IP) Creator Award, one of the country’s highest awards for distinguished contributions to innovation.
As an African pharmaceutical scientist, he is also very passionate about developing the next generation of pharmaceutical scientists for South Africa and the continent. He has graduated more than 110 postgraduates and mentored more than 18 postdoctoral fellows from nine countries. He currently mentors several emerging pharmaceutical scientists pursuing careers in pharmaceutical product development (including nanomedicine) at various academic institutions throughout Africa. In relation to this, he was invited to co-author two UNESCO UniTWIN inaugural reports – A Needs-Based Pharmaceutical Sciences Education in Africa and Addressing Equitable, Inclusive and Quality Pharmaceutical Science Education.
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